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Illustrations for the "Windows" page

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I found the "Why not Windows?" page a bit too heavy (it's only text, and what's more, text hard to read through).
So I tried to design some small graphics to make it visually lighter (this was almost two weeks ago, but I still struggle with time now).

Unfortunately it's very hard to illustrate "Licensing" and especially "Culture and Control". I made up a temporary page for you to inspect and comment on:

http://www.getgnulinux.org/windows/index2.htm

(of course all graphics are Public Domain; I found them on the Open Clip Art Library)

Any suggestions and criticisms?

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Great work

you've a good work ariadacapo, the page is informative and quite useful. Great work done, keep it going on.

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This new version looks very

This new version looks very good. Smiling

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licensing

Somehow the picture for licensing doesn't really fit. Ionno what would though.

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The book

I don't like the book in licensing, it's really simple, I mean, the other icons are simple too, but they look great, this one, i don't know, may be something pointing out the restrictions part?

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Maybe a piece of paper with

Maybe a piece of paper with a "forbidden" or "stop" sign on it?

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Thanks a lot for the

Thanks a lot for the comments.

Indeed, the licensing image doesn't fit. The idea of a piece of paper wih a "stop" or "forbidden" on it sounds very good. I will try this out soon and will put it online for new inspection.

This is all very constructive, thanks again.

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I put the latest version on.

I put the latest version on. Indeed the idea of the paper sheet with a "stop" on it worked quite well. I also improved the fourth one slightly.

Since it is quite good-looking in my opinion, I put it straight online (as the official version):

http://www.getgnulinux.org/windows

Please tell me if you believe it needs more improvement.

In the future, I am considering adding more of such illustrations on the website, particularly in the Switch to Linux page and the Linux from Windows page. It will take some time though, so not before another month. (unless someone wants to tackle that! I can send the actual Inkscape files...)

Thanks!

Olivier.

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How about this for a legal

How about this for a legal document icon? Link
Or maybe an icon showing a toppled stack of paper with EULA written on the topmost sheet?

Also thought an X or crossed out document might make a good image for 3. No Source Code Link

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or better, something

or better, something representing the software (...) locked up, with "EULA" on the lock. but the stop is fine IMHO.

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re: windows icons
Adrien@www.captivesolutions.org wrote:

How about this for a legal document icon? Link
Or maybe an icon showing a toppled stack of paper with EULA written on the topmost sheet?

I had thought of using a "fuller" icon, but it did not render very nicely. The problem is that these illustrations come as a visual support for an already difficult text. They should be very "lightweight".
The other problem is that "EULA" is meaningless to most users. Practically none read the license text upon install (I never did).
Here the idea is that it's a document that restricts you, not just merely that it's a legal document (GNU/Linux also has a legal license) - thus the "stop" sign. We need to express restriction. (?)

Adrien@www.captivesolutions.org wrote:

Also thought an X or crossed out document might make a good image for 3. No Source Code Link

I liked the magnifier, since the source code is mostly something experts will inspect. I am afraid a crossed-out document would look too much like the first illustration and not be relavant to everyday users.

free-zombie wrote:

or better, something representing the software (...) locked up, with "EULA" on the lock.

Ah... very hard. I have tried representing the software for a good while but could not come close to something satisfactory.

Thank you for your comments. Please feel free to comment/criticise further...

O.

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